Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
AN OFFICIAL paving stone commemorating Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten war hero for the 100th anniversary of the First World War will be placed in the town, the government has confirmed. Rex Warneford – the first man to single-handedly shoot down a zeppelin - was ignored in the government’s initial plans to recognise Victoria Cross winners because he was born abroad in India. The Herald launched a campaign, together with King Edward VI school, where Rex lived and studied for five years, to get the fighter pilot recognised.
CYCLING fever gripped Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday as more than 500 people took part in this year’s Great Shakespeare Ride.
Setting off from Stratford Manor Hotel, cyclists rode either 40 miles, 100 km or 100 miles around the countryside in aid of The Shakespeare Hospice.
Stratford’s Jacob Wittington won the 40-mile route with Sam Padgett and Stefan Lasota from Cheltenham taking the second and third spots.
Shipston-on-Stour’s Andrew Foster took first place on the 100km challenge with Johann Breytenbach second and Paul Turner third.
Michael Fisher from Birmingham came first in the big 100-miler, with Andrew Martin and Brett Green coming in closely behind.
One participant, Toni Cunningham, said: “I was thoroughly impressed by the level of organisation, all round quality of the event and most significantly the roving marshals who were fantastically helpful, friendly and supportive,”
Hoping to raise between £25-30,000, event organiser Lily Sutton, said: “It was a fantastic day. The atmosphere was amazing and we had some fantastic cyclists really challenging themselves on the hill climbs.
“Thank you to everyone who took part and volunteered, and see you next year!”
The Shakespeare Hospice provides care and support to people affected by life limiting illness.